Live at Club 47

Live at Club 47

by Doc Watson


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In the mid-'60s, Doc Watson rose from relative obscurity to become one of the leading lights of American folk music, displaying a dazzling flatpicking technique on the guitar and an encyclopedic knowledge of old-timey and traditional music. Watson was just starting to make a name for himself as a solo act (and was a few months away from his breakthrough performance at the Newport Folk Festival) when, in February 1963, he played Boston's venerable folk music venue Club 47, where he quickly became a favorite of the New England cognoscenti. A local music fan, Michael Eisenstadt, brought a professional-grade tape recorder to the show, and 55 years later, the show has been given a commercial release by Yep Roc Records as Live at Club 47. The audio is remarkably crisp and clear despite being recorded with a single microphone, and it captures Watson in splendid form. It should surprise no one that Watson was picking up a storm on guitar this evening, as well as showing he was a sure hand on banjo and autoharp. But Live at Club 47 is a vivid reminder of how personable and engaging Watson could be performing in front of an audience. Playing in a small room, Watson's simple but expressive vocals are superb, finding humor and drama in these songs, which he delivers with genuine warmth and sincerity. If there are moments when Watson seems to be playing up his hillbilly roots for the sake of the Big City audience, there's no arguing that he knew how to work a crowd and get an honest laugh. Watson seems fully engaged and having a great time on Live at Club 47, and the set list is a treasure trove of essential American folk tunes (including a few he never got around to recording in the studio). Live at Club 47 doesn't reveal much that's unknown about the artistry of Doc Watson, but the good humor and intimacy of this performance are irresistible, and it's as pleasing a document of Doc Watson in concert as you could ask for.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/2018
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457249929
catalogNumber: 2499
Rank: 49986

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doc Watson   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Autoharp,Vocals
John Cohen   CD Player
John Herald   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Ralph Rinzler   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Merle Travis   Composer
Doc Watson   Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin   Liner Notes
Chris Bouchillon   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
John Cohen   Back Cover,Cover Photo
Steve Weiss   Producer
Claude Grant   Composer
David McCarn   Composer
David Gahr   Cover Photo
Walter Jacobs   Composer
Lonnie Carter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Alfred G. Karnes   Composer
Mike Eisenstadt   Engineer

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